New York Comic Con and Anime Expo Partner to Debut “Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo” Event

ReedPOP and The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA)have announced that New York Comic Con (NYCC) and Anime Expo are partnering to launch the “Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo” event. The event is taking place at Pier 94 in New York on October 4-7, 2018, the same days as New York Comic Con.

The event will feature artists, Japanese guests, and “other New York Otaku,” and will also have autograph signings, an Artist Alley, live music, and Japanese pop culture classes. Tickets to the event go on sale on Sunday during the NYCC General On-Sale.

Tickets will be available to “fans with Fan Verification accounts” at a discounted rate when they purchase NYCC badges (or if they already have purchased NYCC badges), and also to fans who are not attending NYCC.

Tickets sale prices are:

  • Tickets for Thursday, October 4, 2018 cost US$20 (US$15 for those who have NYCC tickets already)
  • Tickets for Friday, October 5, 2018 cost US$20 (US$15 for those who have NYCC tickets already)
  • Tickets for Saturday, October 6, 2018 cost US$25 (US$20 for those who have NYCC tickets already)
  • Tickets for Sunday, October 7, 2018 cost US$25 (US$20 for those who have NYCC tickets already)
  • Tickets for “Sunday Kids” cost US$10

The organizations will reveal more details at a later date.

Source: ANN

Case Closed: Episode 907 – “The J League Bodyguard”

Case Closed took a week off last week due to the airing of a J League tournament, so the series returns this week with an episode about the J League. For those who don’t know, the J League is Japan’s professional football league (however, in this case, football refers to what Westerners call soccer).

The episode opens with some guys talking in English, saying the Japanese don’t understand gambling and betting, and they reference the upcoming J League tournament. We then go to Japan, where Kogoro and the Detective Boys are at the stadium where the tournament will be held. Kogoro was given the honor of opening the game, and the kids got to tag along with him.

A lot of time is spent showing Kogoro and the kids around the stadium, although Ai is giving out a lot more information about the J League and how things work than their tour guide. In fact, there’s quite an info dump concerning the J League and some of their policies. They are also introduced to a roupeiro and his assistant. A roupeiro is someone who helps make sure the equipment for the team is ready for the players, so they have less to stress about before and after the game.

For quite a while, I found myself wondering if there was actually some kind of mystery in this episode. The mystery starts when Kogoro gets the runs as its time for him to do the kick to open the game. Only Conan and Ai realized that something is amiss, and they use their skills to figure out that something Kogoro had to drink had been tampered with. The two of them quickly find the clues they need, and Conan uses the Sleeping Kogoro trick to get the guilty party to confess.

When all was said and done, the mystery felt secondary to the J League aspect of the episode. While this was very educational in regards to the J League and how it works, the point of Case Closed is supposed to be on the mysteries. Because the mystery played such a minor part of the story and was ultimately resolved in under 10 minutes, this felt like a weaker episode of the series to me. Oh well. At least the preview for the next episode looks like we’ll be returning to the status quo and expectations that are associated with the Case Closed anime.

The English Dub of the Future Card Buddyfight Ace Debuts on YouTube

The official English Facebook account for Bushiroad’s Future Card Buddyfight franchise has announced that the English dub of the Future Card Buddyfight Ace (Future Card Shin Buddyfight) anime began streaming on its YouTube channel at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 13, 2018.

The anime premiered on Japanese television on June 2, 2018. The series is also streaming on YouTube in Japanese and with English subtitles.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Is Offering the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! Anime Digitally

Anime News Network is reporting that Amazon is offering the 12-episode Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! anime series for digital purchase from FUNimation Entertainment.

ANN reached out to FUNimation to to confirm if the company has any other plans to release the series, but the site had not received a response before publishing their article.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!!, the fourth television anime based on based on Hiroshi Hiroyama’s manga, premiered in July 2016, and Crunchyroll simulcast the series as it aired in Japan.

The first Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya television anime premiered in 2013, followed by the second in 2014 and the third in 2015. Crunchyroll simulcast all three previous series as they aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks licensed and released all three series for home video release in North America, but has not licensed 3rei!!.

Source: ANN

Three More Cast Members Announced for the 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams Anime

Three more cast members have been announced for the 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams anime:

  • Tarusuke Shingaki is Frost
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya is Glacier
  • Hiro Shimono is Schnee

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams premiered on Japanese television on July 5, 2018.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Summer SimulDub Premiere Dates

FUNimation Entertainment has announced its Summer 2018 simuldub schedule, and the premiere dates are as follows:

  • ISLAND – July 21, 2018
  • Angels of Death – July 23, 2018
  • Harukana Receive – July 24, 2018
  • Chio’s School Road – July 25, 2018
  • Hanebado! – July 25, 2018
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord – July 25, 2018
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar – July 28, 2018
  • Magical Girl Raising Project – July 29, 2018
  • Overlord III – July 31, 2018
  • Free! Dive to the Future – August 2, 2018
  • Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King – August 2, 2018
  • Dies irae – August 28, 2018

The premiere times of all of the above shows are 4:00 p.m. EDT.

FUNimation will also continue its earlier simuldubs. My Hero Academia and One Piece are streaming on Saturdays, Black Clover on Sundays, Steins;Gate 0 on Mondays, and Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- on Thursdays.

The company also announced that its Attack on Titan Season 3 simuldub will premiere in August 2018.

Source: ANN

Free! -Dive to the Future: Episode 1 – “Sprouting Dive Start!”

I went into this episode without having seen either the High Speed! – Free! Starting Days or the Free! – Take Your Marks anime films, but I think this first episode gave enough background on most of the new characters that I was able to follow what was going on.

This episode primarily spends its time reintroducing us to the main characters from the first two anime series and showing what they’re up to, or getting the audience used to the new characters.

The main focus is on Haruka and Makoto, who are both in Tokyo in order to attend college. Haruka is still swimming competitively at his school, but Makoto isn’t. They are reunited with Asahi, a guy they used to swim with back in middle school. There was another friend with Asahi, who Makoto and Haruka seemed to know from middle school, but I admit that I didn’t catch his name. I’m sure I’ll get to know him better as the series goes on, though. We also hear references to Ikuya, another guy they swam with in middle school. We see hints of him early in the episode, but if you haven’t seen the prequel movie, then you don’t realize who he is until Haruka, Makota, and Asahi mention him… then, it clicks.

We also see Nagisa, Rin, and Gou at Iwatobi High School, continuing the swim club. We see they’ve gained two new swimmers and a new girl who will help Gou with managing the club. We don’t get much development for these new members, but hopefully this will change as the series continues.

We also see Rin in Australia, where he is still swimming competitively. A guy named Mihail comes to see him swim, and it turns out Mihail once lived in Japan. I liked how this was going at the same time Haruka was swimming on his first day on the college team as part of introducing himself. I thought the split screen showing the two of them swimming was neat.

We also see Sosuke as he recovers from his injury that has kept him from swimming. Of the characters, he probably got the least screen time in this episode.

We get to see Haruka and Asahi swim in the intercollegiate newcomer race, and Haruka sees Ikuya right at the end of the episode. I have a feeling that the drama will be happening between Haruka and Ikuya as the series goes on, and will likely serve as one of the driving forces of the plot.

Admittedly, after not seeing an episode of Free! since the end of Free! Eternal Summer, and not having seen either of the two films I mentioned earlier, there was a lot to absorb here. I’m glad to see what’s happening with various groups of characters, but I hope the writers aren’t spreading themselves too thin by trying to cover these various groups (Haruka and his group, the remaining high school members at Iwatobi, and Sosuke). If they can give each group and their respective stories good development throughout the remaining episodes, this could work. We’ll just have to see how it goes, though.

And even though this first episode was primarily setting things up, it’s not bad for what it is. But hopefully more action will start taking in the next episode.